July 6th, 2021

Leif Gram: Mr. Fix

Ехать надо!

sfgate.com -- For some time now, I’ve been wondering why San Franciscans are so interested in stories of people leaving the Bay Area. The obvious answer is that they want to leave themselves, but I think it goes deeper than that.
Вот только куда? В Венгрию, или в Черногорию?
Mr. Twister

Defund the police

WBEZ -- On July 21 last year, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent an email to some of her highest-ranking staffers about a veteran Chicago police officer named Joshua Purkiss who, she said, sounded “like a walking time bomb” with a badge and a gun. Lightfoot was flagging a WBEZ story from the previous day outlining Purkiss’ history of social media posts that had prompted a Cook County judge to call the officer “frightening,” a judgment Lightfoot echoed in her email. Emails and other records obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests show that Lightfoot’s email set off a brief flurry of bureaucratic activity within the Chicago Police Department and other city agencies. The documents also reveal a slow, inadequate police discipline system that’s still broken despite years of promises to fix it. In fact, despite the rare public admonishment by a sitting judge and the mayor’s obvious alarm, Purkiss only received a one-day suspension for social media posts like “Work, Hustle, Kill,” “Choose Your Victims Carefully” and “honesty is not always the best policy.”